July 15th, 2015
My thanks to the Addison Independent for reporting on the cannon use controversy (The firing line, July 2, 2015) here in West Ferrisburgh. A sympathetic representation overall but several points are worth mentioning I think.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins on Tuesday prevailed in this year’s matchup of Addison County’s Champlain Valley Swim League teams, 272-183, over the Vergennes Champs in a meet held at the Middlebury town pool.
Six Marlins and three Champs won multiple races, including three Marlins who touched the wall first three times: Ellie Ross and Oliver Poduschnick in 12-and-under events, and Devon Kearns in U-14 races.
SALISBURY — In 1995, Karen Smyers of Lincoln, Mass., won both the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship and the World Sprint Triathlon.
At age 54 Smyers hasn’t slowed down much: On Saturday, she won the Vermont Sun Triathlon in 1:09:18, edging her 58-year-old sister, Donna Smyers of Adamant, by 17 seconds.
WEST HAVEN — Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. made it two wins in two weeks at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, when he claimed the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship event in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Other winners on the night included Robert Bryant Jr., Jimmy Bushey and Chris LaVair.
Quenneville also won the main event at Plattsburgh’s Airborne Speedway in New York on Saturday, making it a three-for-three in his new Troyer chassis.
Editor’s note: Local sports figure Dave Sears died on Saturday at the age of 56 (see obituary on Page 6A). In February 2007, sports columnist Karl Lindholm offered this perspective on Dave’s generous, gregarious nature, and his powerful engagement in the community.
Every time I turn around I bump into Dave Sears. The man is everywhere. I think there must be three or four of him.
ESSEX — This Saturday’s 33rd Twin State Basketball Classic between recent Vermont and New Hampshire high school graduates and standout hoop players will feature two local athletes. The all-star games will be played this year at Essex High School.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Colchester dealt the Addison County American Legion baseball team a 13-2 setback on Tuesday, leaving AC still in search of its first win of 2015.
AC tied a one-win Montpelier team last week, 3-3, at home, in a game ultimately called because of darkness, and still hopes to make up an away doubleheader at Montpelier that was washed out by rain. AC has also yet to reschedule a home doubleheader vs. Franklin County, also in June, which was rained out.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating a July 12 swimming pool accident in Addison involving an 18-month-old child.
Police said it was at around 6:23 p.m. on Sunday that they and other emergency responders were called to a medical emergency at a home at 1603 Jersey St. in Addison. Upon arrival, they learned that an 18-month-old girl had been found unresponsive in a pool. Fortunately, family members had administered CPR and successfully revived the child, according to police.